This week's notices


Sunday 25th February
The Second Sunday of Lent

8:00 am Holy Communion            
President:  Derek Tighe
10:00 am St Martin’s @ 10 Holy Communion
President:  Derek Tighe
ST MARY'S (Pixham)
10:00 am Rise and Shine
Elizabeth Dobson
11:00 am Matins
President: Mike Stewart


Monday 26th February

8:45 am Morning Prayer in Church

Tuesday 27th February

8:45 am Morning Prayer in Church
2:30 pm Women’s Fellowship, Linda Friend talks about The Women’s World Day of Prayer

Wednesday 28th February

8:45 am Morning Prayer in Church
11:00 am Holy Communion

Thursday 1st March

8:45 am Morning Prayer in Church

Friday 2nd March

10:00 am SMURFS in the Christian Centre
11:00 am Women’s World Day of Prayer Service
12:00 noon Daily Prayer
12:30 noon Lenten Lunch at The Christian Centre

Saturday 3rd March

10:00 am Christian Centre Coffee Morning


Sunday 4th March
The Third Sunday of Lent

8:00 am Holy Communion (BCP)
10:00 am St Martin’s @ 10 Holy Communion
6:00 pm Choral Evensong
ST MARY'S (Pixham)
10:30 am Holy Communion
11:00 am Matins



Collect - Prayer for today

Almighty God,
you show to those who are in error the light of your truth, that they may return to the way of righteousness: grant to all those who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion, that they may reject those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Please remember particularly in your prayers:-

Betty Scott, Kim Ashurst.

And those who have recently died.


Those in our congregation who have long term concerns are named in prayer corner and are prayed for daily.


Morning Prayer is said at 8:45am in the Lady Chapel every weekday apart from Friday when Daily Prayer will be said there at 12 noon. (Wednesday 11am Holy Communion ).




For details of many more events and contact numbers please see the ‘Activities’ & ‘Who’s who’ pages of St Martin’s magazine


Volunteers needed to help make Mothering Sunday posies on Saturday 10th March in the Centre. Please let Di Sutherland know if you can help. Thank-you.


Six sessions 10:30-12pm commencing on Thursday 22nd February 2018 – Topic ‘Living Faith’ (Invitations from the cross by Krish Kandiah)  

Venue:- Upper Lounge, The Christian Centre.  
Thursday, 22nd and Wednesday 28th February, Thursday 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th March. All are welcome to any of the sessions.  Enquiries to Centre Chaplain Rowan on 01306 886830, Rowan.


Copies of the March Circuit Newsletter are available at the back of Church.  Please take and read.


You are all invited to join "LENT 2018: GROW" at St Paul's Church from 7:45pm on 22nd February for 5 Thursday Evenings. Explore how to be more like Jesus. Sign up by emailing


Dorking Beatitudes is holding a special 6th Year Anniversary event! Saturday 24th February at 7:30pm in The Upper Room, St Martin’s House at the top of St Martin’s Walk. All friends, visitors and supporters of Dorking Beatitudes are welcome to go to this free fun evening event. Please contact Rosemary on 07941 290563 for further information.


The Dorking Community Fridge is gaining popularity so get down there early, before 12 noon, to be sure of getting some goodies. The Christian Centre Café opens Mon to Sat from 10am to 2pm and the Centre is open from 10am to 8pm most week days, although the Café area is used some afternoons, so if the doors are shut there is no access to the Fridge. Thank you everyone who is using the food, and thanks also to those who can spare some change. We are working with Fare Share Sussex to put more surplus fresh food into the Fridge, and the money pays for the delivery!  All this good food would otherwise be going into the bin, so thanks to all our volunteers, to Waitrose, to everyone at The Dorking Christian Centre and to Fare Share Sussex!

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS (Churchyard tidy up)

The pre-spring tidy up in the churchyard (de-sucker etc) needs help. Rotary Club of Dorking are again very generously spending a morning helping us to clear the churchyard in preparation for spring. It would be great if we could have a band of St Martin’s Merry Men and Women to help share the burden of this job. Many hands make light work! Please let the church office know if you can help this year.

LENT COURSE (Tuesday afternoons)                    

David and Mary Cowan are running a Lent course starting this Tuesday 13th February at 4pm (further dates tbc) at their house – 25 Falkland Road. The course will use the Krish Kandiah book “Cover to Cover - Living Faith Invitations from the cross” which looks at the final sayings of Jesus on the Cross.


When your children were younger, did they (and you) benefit from the St Martin’s Under Fives Playgroup (SMURF’s)? who meet on Friday morning in the Christian Centre? Are you now in a position to put something back by helping the current mums to keep this running? If so, please contact Michelle or Vicki in the Church Office (884229) who will put you in touch to find out more about what would be involved.


St Martin's launched a brand new family-friendly cafe-styled church service at 4pm. Every 3rd Sunday of the month, after football or rugby, family visits or family walks, a park run or a lie in, come along to St Martin's Church at 4pm for games and crafts, community, refreshments, and worship.  All are welcome and we look forward to meeting you there!


St Martin’s Family at 4pm Service - the next one will be on Sunday 18th March, join us for games and crafts, community, refreshments, and worship.  All are welcome and we look forward to meeting you there!


The Home Group which meets in Canterbury Court on Wednesday evenings will be running an Alpha Course every Wednesday until 28th February (excluding Ash Wednesday). If you would like to join us please get in touch with Brian Smith on 887608.

St Paul's Church is running an Alpha course on Thursdays at 9:30am with crèche (not too late to join) or Wednesdays at 7:30pm starting 24th January with supper. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. All welcome. There is no cost for the course, donations towards food are welcome, but not essential. Sign-up at or call us on 01306 743378 (mornings).


On Fridays during Lent you are invited to share a frugal meal of soup, bread and cheese, and give what you might have spent, or more if you wish towards the work of Christian Aid. Lunch is at  12:00 -  1:30pm.


New Peer Support Group for anyone facing depression or similar mental health concerns, every Wednesday evening, 7:30 – 9pm, at The Spike Community Centre, Warren Road (next to St Luke’s Surgery and St Luke’s Square), Guildford, GU1 3JH.

Hosted by PeerTalk, a charity underpinned by the Methodist Church, it offers a friendly and confidential space to share and be heard. Starts on Wednesday 7th February and weekly thereafter. More info at

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (Advanced notice: Anniversary Weekend)

This will be on 7th and 8th July, with a recital at noon and concert in church at 7:30pm on Saturday and a special Choral Evensong on Sunday.


The church car park is for permit holders only (who must display the permit) while on church business, activity leaders needing to unload equipment, and pick up/drop off. There are far too many occasions when people who should be using the public car parks (free from 6pm-8am and all day Sunday) are parked here.


Plastic bottle tops. Please collect only milk bottle tops, (blue, green and red) with the number 2 in the recycling triangle. For more information contact Veronica 640775 Thank you.



Thank you for your continuing generosity. This week we particularly need Pasta (500g), Tinned Fruit, Jam and Male Deodorant. We are really grateful to all our regular church donors for their ongoing support which enables us to help many needy people every week. Please ensure food items are well within date. A reminder that there are permanent donation points in Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose and the Christian Centre entrance lobby.



At St Martin's:-

11 March
8 April

At St Mary's:-

25 February
22 April

There will be a Traidcraft sale and coffee morning in the Christian Centre on Saturday 10 March




The Dorking Community Fridge is now open. It is situated in the Christian Centre Café next to the servery. The aim is to reduce food waste and we have teamed up with Waitrose and other local businesses to stock the shelves with day-old bread and cakes, fruit and veg. If you have a glut of courgettes or apples and so on, please bring them along! Take what you want; leave what you can!
A reminder that there are permanent donation points in Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose and the Christian Centre entrance lobby. Please ensure food items are well within date.

THE CHRISTIAN CENTRE (Extra Volunteers needed)

The Centre Café is run purely by volunteers which allows us to keep prices low. Would you be willing to volunteer for a few hours per week in our cafe? No experience required as full training is given. If you are interested and would like more information, pop in and speak to Janette or Clare or call 01306 886830


For various reasons we have lost several advertisers in the magazine. Our advertisers are very important to the magazine and we would appreciate it if you know of any business that would be benefit from an advert to get in touch with us, either to Anne Brown 884424 or any of the magazine team.
Thank you, Christine.


Your church needs you!  We really do need more help. Sidespersons would be especially welcome but other lay volunteers like servers and intercessors for our services would be appreciated - please speak to Di and Peter


Life sometimes delivers severe blows and problems that are just too much to cope with on your own. The Church and Christian Centre, are here to support you and the community of Dorking both pastorally and spiritually.  If you need somebody to talk to in complete confidence, for whatever reason, we are here to help. The Church Pastoral team has three trained and authorised Pastoral Assistants and Methodist Pastoral Visitors, all of whom are experienced and can offer understanding and prayerful support. The Christian Centre offers a drop-in Listening Service on Monday mornings in the Centre Café (10:30 – 12:00). The Chaplain is  usually available on Monday mornings plus variable other weekday mornings, but you may prefer to make an appointment to see her via The Centre Managers. One of our Monday morning Listeners is also a trained Counsellor (UPCA registered) and she can off private appointments on request for counselling.

As you may already know, once a month the Clergy and Pastoral Assistants/Visitors meet to share any concerns within the Church Family. If there is someone you are concerned about that you feel we should be aware of, please speak to one of the Pastoral Assistants or Pastoral Visitors. Meanwhile your prayerful support for this essential aspect of church life would be appreciated.


From time to time, particularly around major festivals, the church office has long production runs of booklets etc. The church printer/copier produces/collates the pages easily but the folding and stapling is time-consuming and much better done shared among a small team. Would you be happy to have your name/phone number on a list Vicki and Christine can call on at short notice to help out? If so, please let them know. It would be very occasional; the idea is that it won’t just be the same couple of names every time!


Keep in touch with Churches Together in Dorking. On Facebook we have a group called CTDorking and a page called Dorking Area Foodbank. For our youth work, go to There is also a facebook group arising from a Westcott initiative and called Churches Together Dorking 20s and 30s, but this is not an official CTD activity, at least not yet. The Foodbank can also be found on the net at

GIVING TOKENS (St Martin's Pledged Giving Tokens)

A recent visitor to St Martin's asked why so few of the congregation put any offering in the collection bag. Those giving by standing order can feel very embarrassed as the bag goes by. The PCC decided to adopt a system of Tokens used by a much-visited church in Shaftesbury. Parishioners who give by standing order or periodic envelopes can pick up a token as they come into church and put it in the bag when the collection is taken.


If you have a requirement for large print service booklets, or Weekly News Sheets, can you please make a warden, steward or Pastoral Assistant aware and they will arrange this with the church office.


If you or someone you know, would like a lift to a service or event at church, please do contact one of the Pastoral Assistants or Methodist Stewards. Their telephone numbers are in the church magazine or ring Sue on 740954 or Judy on 883002.


Please encourage groups and charities you know of to take up the opportunity of running a Saturday coffee morning at the Christian Centre - or even put one on yourself? It's a great opportunity to invite the community in, perhaps do a little fundraising, and make the most of our beautiful cafe. Speak to Janette or Christine if you can offer any dates. 01306 886830


If you would like to be included in the circulation, please send a brief email with the title “e- WNS sign up” to Vicki at She will add you to the circulation group to send you the WNS in pdf format at the end of each week.


News and Notices for the Weekly News Sheet are to be forwarded to the church office by the close of business on Wednesday for inclusion the next Sunday, preferably by email to, or by telephone to 01306 884229.
The Christian Centre manager’s office will be open every weekday from 9:30 am-12:00 noon.